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    ...Researchers, observing pedestrians in Seattle, found that nearly one in three people crossing the street at high-risk intersections was distracted by use of a mobile device. Only one in four followed the full safety routine of looking both ways, obeying the lights, and crossing at the appropriate point, the study found....Texters were four times less likely to look before crossing, obey lights or cross at the appropriate place.

    Seattle Times
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    Ask any Greek - there are scores of reasons to avoid the country's trains. The system is old and crumbling, with creaky cars and a patchy rail network that skips some towns altogether.

    Atlantic Cities
  • While Uber is still facing a series of legal battles across the country, the future of hailing a taxi over your smartphone has gotten a lot easier recently — at least in the heavy cabbing grounds of New York and Washington, D.C.

    Atlantic Cities
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    Jonas Eliasson, a co-designer of Stockholm's famous congestion pricing system, recently gave a TEDx talk called "How to Solve Traffic Jams" (via The Transportationist). It's one of the clearest and most persuasive discussions of road pricing I've ever heard, and with the video nearing 300,000 viewers, I doubt I'm alone. Too often traffic planners try to determine what people should do instead of driving during rush hour, says Eliasson. He would prefer that cities provide the right incentives and let people take it from there....So what are the right incentives?

    Atlantic Cities
  • The mergers that have swept the U.S. airline industry in the last decade may not have been as bad for passengers as some travel watchers predicted...(T)he report's review of federal transportation data found that the average domestic ticket price rose 1.8% a year from 2004 to 2011. That's not to say there weren't fare surges on some routes, says Jonathan Kletzel, leader of the transportation and logistics practice for PwC US

    USA Today
  • In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration will impose a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution....An official who was briefed on the rule said the new annual standard will be 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air, down from the current 15 micrograms per cubic meter.

    AP/SF Chronicle
  • The cure to soothing the savage commuter – whether stuck in traffic or waiting for an overdue bus or train – could be staying connected to fellow travelers through social-networking apps....Data for the study was culled from two crowdsourced, commuter-targeted smartphone apps: Waze for in-car navigation and Roadify for public transit info. The data was primarily derived from features within the apps that allow users to share traffic information and publish comments about it.

    Wired
  • ...The study, conducted by Dr. Motao Zhu of the West Virginia University School of Public Health, analyzed traffic data from 2008 and 2009 and found that males pedestrians are 2.3 times more likely to die after being hit by a vehicle....Though further study is necessary to pinpoint exact causes, Zhu already has a hypothesis: Though they’re walking the same amount as female pedestrians, males are engaging in riskier behavior that leads them to receive more severe injuries with a greater risk of fatality.

    Wired
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    Perhaps not surprisingly, Caltrain’s $1.5 billion plan to transition away from diesel vehicles in favor of electrified tracks has garnered kudos from the Sierra Club....The Sierra Club looked at projects from across the nation in determining the best and worst planning proposals this year. A plan to widen freeway lanes in San Diego County was named one of the 25 worst projects.

    SF Examiner
  • New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a pilot program on Thursday authorizing the use of smartphone apps to hail yellow taxis.

    New York Times